Court remands Nigerian journalist in jail

Pictures of Nigerian journalists interviewing someone [Photo: BBC]

A Kaduna State High Court has remanded a former reporter with Vanguard Newspapers, Luka Binniyat, in prison over allegation of false publication brought before it by the Kaduna State Government.

Mr. Binniyat, who had been on medication, walked into the courtroom with the help of crutches to make appearance having sustained injuries from an accident.

Despite his illness, the presiding judge, Bashir Sukola, ordered the remand of the journalist despite appeals from his counsel, James Kanyip.

Mr. Sukola said the journalist should be remanded in prison custody till July 20 for ruling on the bail application filed by the journalist’s lawyer.

Mr. Luka was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Yusuf in February, 2017 on same allegation of false report in the Vanguard newspapers about the Southern Kaduna crisis.

He was accused of falsely reporting that five students of the state College of Education were killed by Fulani herdsmen.

The report was published on January 24 in Vanguard newspaper.

He was subsequently sacked by the paper.

The court initially granted him bail after spending a night in prison on a N200,000 bond and a surety in like sum.


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  • Shahokaya

    Serves him right. When he knowingly tried to instigate bloodbath by reporting what never happened in the hope that his people will embark on reprisal killings of the assumed aggressors he never cared on the consequences of his actions. The law should take its full course to serve as deterrent to other hate mongers in the country.

    • xandril

      Laws are made only for the poor. The police commissioner in edo reported that 16 students were beheaded in AAU ekpoma without having proofs. He is still d commissioner today despite court proceedings brought against him. What a banana Republic

      • udemeobong

        na so my brother! From Saraki to any of the elite you can think of. There two laws operating in Nigeria: One for the poor and the other for the rich!

  • Frank Bassey

    He was sacked by the paper that employed him, used his story without ensuring it is substantiated?

    • Suleiman Alatise

      Don’t ever allow anyone to use you for anything dirty and false, because you will be left on your own if it flops. That’s the lesson therein.

      • Frank Bassey

        A newspaper is bound by the information it disseminates. The moment the Editor puts the imprint that bears his name, he is committed to the contents of the publication. Yes, the Reporter has his own blame, but the newspaper is culpable.